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Author Spotlight: Londinium by Debbie Manber Kupfer


Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! Today I’ve got Debbie Manber Kupfer returning with the latest book in her P.A.W.S. saga, Londinium. She’s shared an excerpt from the book as well, so keep reading!

Debbie grew up in the UK in the East London suburb of Barking. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer and freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children and a very opinionated feline. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

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About the Book

“The pea soup has spoken,” said Caradog. “You are destined for Londinium.”

“Londinium?” asked Miri.

“It was the ancient city from which London sprang. The P.A.W.S. Institute of Londinium is the oldest in the world. It started before the city of today existed and straddles the old and the new. Unfortunately, today it is run by a fool.”

Join Miri as she continues her journey through Umbrae and Londinium with the help of werecats, wild warlocks, an old dog, a duck, and a whole lot of pea soup.

The P.A.W.S. Saga continues with Londinium.

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Keep reading for an excerpt:

“Hellooo,” said Precipitous. “Whatever are you doing in there?”

“I was a duck,” said Xavier. “But now I’m not.”

“Well,” said Precipitous. “Do you want to be a duck?”

“Oh, yes, I liked being a duck,” said Xavier, sniffing.

“Well, come out of there, lad, and we’ll see what we can do.”

Xavier pulled himself out of the bush and stood up in front of the odd-looking man.

“Come with me,” he said, and Xavier followed. They walked through the park until they came to a large horse chestnut tree. The ground in front of the tree was filled with discarded sticks. It was conker season, and Xavier only yesterday had been throwing sticks up at this tree trying to get them down.

Now as he watched, the odd man picked up one of the discarded sticks and traced the letters P, A, W, and S on the trunk of the tree. His eyes widened as a green door appeared in the trunk, and the man opened it.

“After you,” he said. Xavier walked in and the man followed. He flicked a switch on the wall and revealed a row of buttons. He pressed one, and a voice echoed into the small room. “Who is it?” the voice croaked.

“Precipitous Brew and, um, a duck!”

“Very well, bring them down here.”

“Come on, lad,” said Precipitous and led Xavier through another door and down a long spiral staircase. Xavier was breathing heavily by the time they reached the bottom, but the old man seemed barely winded.

They were met at the bottom by an even older man with a croak in his voice. “Follow me,” he said.

They walked down a long corridor, and Xavier noticed carvings of all kinds of animals on the walls: cats, dogs, weasels, squirrels, and birds a plenty, and even a camel.

At the bottom of the corridor was another door, and the older man turned to Xavier. “What is your name, lad?”

“Xavier Woods,” said the boy.

The man took out what appeared to be a silver wand and pointed it at the boy and intoned a spell:

“Xavier ut iam intraret in anatis P.A.W.S. of Londinium.”

Xavier gazed at the wall by the door and noticed a new carving. A large, fat mallard duck.

“Xavier Woods, you may now enter P.A.W.S.,” said the man, and the three of them walked through the door.

Blog Tour: Viral Spark by Martin McConnell

Instead of a regular special feature today, I’m helping out a fellow author by announcing his new book, Viral Spark, a retelling of his original novella trilogy, combined and threaded into a novel.

Martin McConnell holds a Physics degree from SIUE, and when he isn’t writing speculative fiction, he’s motivating other authors, stargazing, reading, or playing Kerbal Space Program. He avidly encourages everyone to seize control of their dreams by driving their own plot.


The world has become a place of comfort, where a shopping trip means heading to the first floor to collect new food tubes for the printer. Menial tasks, like cleaning up or cooking, are relegated to robots, and Robert’s job while finishing school is to maintain them. With only three classes remaining, he’s hoping for something better.

Then everything starts to glitch:
the robots, the building, and even the people.

What starts as glitchy videos, misbehaving touch-screens, and random fighting, grows into a race against time to fix the problem before it escalates. Maybe he can land a cushy programming job in the process, but this virus is more than it appears…

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Author Spotlight – Crisis (An Empire of the Elves): A #SciFi Novel by David T Applegate

Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have David T Applegate visiting with a science fiction novel in his An Empire of the Elves series, Crisis. He’ll be sharing an excerpt with us from his book, but first…

David Applegate is an Australian and based in Brisbane, Queensland. From early childhood, David had dreamt about Elves, space travel, and magic. Having placed those dreams on hold to focus on family and career, now he can concentrate on writing.

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About the Book

The Elven Empire has been ruled by the Thirteen Great Elven Houses since fleeing their home world. The richest and most powerful of which is House Hashimoto.

The Great Exodus started thousands of years ago, and is nearing competition. In that time the empire has grown and flourished, but now the empire is in crisis.

Pirates are attacking the Last Exodus fleet. They are after an ancient artifact and will kill anyone who gets in their way.

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Keep reading for an excerpt:

In the dark, three figures wove their way through the hawthorn bushes around a round white marble pool. They were Blood-Witches, masters of the healing arts and magic. Their uniform was a black double-breasted tunic, with red trim and a high Asian collar, with a black pleated skirt with red trim. On the left sleeve of the tunic was the symbol of the Empire, a black round patch with a gold rope edge and the seven stars of the Pleiades inside, and on the right sleeve was a white kite shield patch with a red Rod of Asclepius inside.

Each had a wide red patent leather belt, which had a mobile phone clipped on. Each wore red pantyhose and black knee-high boots. Each Witch had an ankle length black robe with red trim and a large hood with red cord. The robe had had the red Rod of Asclepius on the back.

Each Witch had the hood over her head, with her face concealed by a red medical mask. The Blood-Witch in the lead carried a staff and a medical bag, the second was pregnant, and the third carried a small basket that contained a blue wrap.

They stopped in front of a pool at a quarter-circle marble bench seat. At the back of the pond stood a marble statue of a Flower Elf maiden, holding a vase that poured water into the pool, with the overflow and filter at its feet.

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